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Burkina Faso and Mali juntas back Niger coup leaders, issue war warning

Niger coup leaders are getting backing from colleague military juntas in Burkina Faso and Mali following a threat of force from the regional bloc ECOWAS if they don’t re-instate President Mohamed Bazoum. Burkina Faso and Mali who share border with Niger say any attempt to use force to have Bazoum restored will be seen as a declaration of war on… Read More
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ECOWAS threatens force, sanctions against Niger coup leaders

ECOWAS leaders have threatened sanctions and the possible use of force against Niger’s coup leaders if they fail to reinstate ousted President Mohammed Bazoum. The West African leaders held an emergency meeting in Abuja, Nigeria on Sunday where they settled on punitive measures against Niger’s new military leaders. The coup leaders could face financial and travel sanctions and a no-fly zone… Read More
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ECOWAS leaders to hold emergency meeting over Niger coup

West African leaders will be holding an emergency summit on Sunday to discuss the coup that took place in Niger this week. “The ECOWAS Leaders will be considering and discussing the political situation and recent developments in Niger during the Extraordinary Summit,” a statement from the ECOWAS secretariat said. Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who also chairs the Authority of… Read More
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Niger’s President in detention amid reports of a coup attempt

The President of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum has been seized by his guards amidst fears of a coup attempt in the West African country. No gunshots have been heard. The African Union has condemned the development describing them as “unacceptable” and urged the soldiers involved to return to barracks immediately. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission @AUC_MoussaFaki condemns the coup… Read More
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Niger: Military helicopter crashes killing three people

A Nigerien military helicopter on Monday crashed while landing at an airport in the capital Niamey. Local officials said the incident resulted in the death of three people who were on board the helicopter. Among those killed was an expatriate instructor, the defence ministry said in a statement. The helicopter was returning from a routine training flight when it crashed… Read More
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AfCFTA honours ex-Nigerien leader with a statue in Ghana

– – A bronze bust statue on a marble stone has been unveiled at a ceremony in Ghana’s capital, Accra to honour former president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou. The statue was unveiled in the presence of five African heads of state at the forecourt of the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) based in Accra. Issoufou was… Read More
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16 Soldiers killed militant attack in Niger

– – At least 16 soldiers have been killed in a militant attack in the western Tahoua Region in Niger. The area has recorded the death of more than 200 civilians who were killed in an unclaimed attack in March. Reports say the soldiers were ambushed by armed individuals near Agando area in the region. Six more soldiers were injured in the… Read More
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Niger: Fire kills 20 school children trapped in classrooms

– – At least 20 children have died after fire gutted their classrooms in Niger. The fire started around the entrance of the school, which has a population of 800 students. It spread to 21 classrooms built with straw and trapped the children inside, as they did not have an alternative escape route. The cause of the fire in the school, located in… Read More
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Niger: Bazoum sworn in as President after coup attempt

– – Mohamed Bazoum has been sworn in as the president of Niger at a ceremony in the capital, Niamey on Friday. The swearing in ceremony was held under beefed-up security following a foiled coup attempt during the week. Niger has been on high alert after that incident and the new president now has a major task to restore order.… Read More
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Niger makes several arrests after foiled coup attempt

– – Several people have been arrested in Niger while others are on the run after a foiled coup attempt on Wednesday morning. Government officials said a military unit tried to seize the presidential palace in the capital Niamey overnight. Assailants from a nearby air base, according to the government fled after the presidential guard met their attack with heavy… Read More